SecretFlying points to a roundtrip fare on Qatar Airways between Atlanta and Tehran for as little as $536.
Fare basis is OLUSP4NX:
- Travel outbound Sunday through Wednesday
- Return travel must commence on Monday through Thursday
- Fare is valid for travel commencing (first international flight) November 1 through 20, and January 11 through March 31.
- Your return must be at least 7 days from departure, and not more than four months from departure.
- You can have one free stopover in Doha not to exceed 7 days (an addition stopover in the other direction is $100)
- Tickets must be issued today, May 22
- There’s a $500 cancellation fee to refund, and $200 change fee
My first search pulled up $579 fares.
Flights between Atlanta and Tehran offer really efficent connections in Doha.
The base fare on this itinerary is just $35.50 each way, the rest is all fuel surcharges and taxes.
Interestingly, a roundtrip is at least $100 cheaper than a one-way to Iran. And it’s about half the price of a one-way to Doha. Iran visa aside there are interesting ‘throwaway’ opportunities here for someone wanting to travel just to the Mideast.
The Doha – Atlanta flight is the one that Qatar CEO Akbar al-Baker said they launched for spite (Delta’s then CEO last year cast blame on Qatar for 9/11 to advance his own protectionist agenda.)
It’s the flight that also prompted Delta to ax support for an Atlanta cultural institution after 20 years since Qatar rented the space for a J.Lo concert to celebrate the service.
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Note finally that this fare earns only 25% of flown miles if credited to American AAdvantage.